Economic Development

Blockchain for government: building trust; demolishing bureaucracy

To build trust, governments strive to be as open, transparent and collaborative as possible.  To demolish bureaucracy, they seek to streamline citizen interaction, financial transactions and contract management.  All too often, they fall short of their own ambitions on both counts. Some fifteen months ago, I published my blog Blockchain for Government.  So much has […]

Blockchain for Asset Registration

Friends in our government industry team tell me that there is much interest in their customer base in two specific use case clusters.  The first is around supply chain – which I blogged about some time ago (at this link > – the second around asset registry, which is the subject of this post. What […]

Defense Offsets – Obligation or Opportunity?

The Global Offsets and Countertrade Association (GOCA) conference just concluded in Montreal.  You may ask, “What is an offset and why is it important?”   Defense offset agreements are arrangements in which the seller of a product or service agrees to provide benefits such as buying local products or services from a country as an inducement […]

e-Government is a Reality, UN Survey Shows

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (@UNDESA) has recently released the 2016 e-government survey.  IBM, Vice President for Government Industry @JuliaGlidden was an advisor to the survey.  The survey points out that many governments have made significant steps over the last 15 years to not only embrace technology to improve the function […]

Can the Millennial Generation Rescue Government?

Can the Millennial generation help lead the charge in transforming governments in the new digital era? Despite efforts to transform services through technology, government organizations are trailing behind the private sector in the digital revolution. Yet today’s citizens expect government to provide the same conveniences they experience as consumers – including information and services when, […]

What the Public Sector Can Learn From Uber

When most people hear the word Uber they think about a mobile app that allows them to book car services. However, Uber is much more than that. Uber is a dynamic peer-to-peer market making platform that connects buyers and sellers and helps address supply and demand inefficiencies in markets. Uber and other market making platforms […]

Blockchain: Bath Tub Curve of Asset Management

Asset management is defined as “The coordinated activities of an organization to realize maximum value from it’s assets“; assets are an “item, thing or entity that has potential or actual value”; realization of value will normally involve balancing costs, risks, opportunities and performance benefit. The term asset management became widely used in the 1980’s relating to physical assets.  In the […]

Cloud – Disrupt, or be Disrupted?

Business & Government is going through a time of unprecedented digital transformation. The disruptive forces –  driven by cloud,  mobile and social – change the how they derive insight from data, how governments interact with their citizens and how businesses go to market with their products. In the front line, new mobile apps are consolidating decision making at the fingertips of people who need to act.  Real time insight […]

Cleaning Up Public Procurement Worldwide: A critical path for opening markets while providing improved citizen services

Public procurement accounts for approximately one-fifth of the world’s gross domestic product.  In high-income countries, the purchase of goods and services accounts for one-third of public spending; in developing countries up to one-half. These extraordinary figures point to the importance of both the public sector market for companies like IBM and efforts like the one […]

Cognitive Government: Enabling the Data Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

Webster’s Dictionary describes cognition as the building of knowledge, something we as human beings have become very proficient at throughout the course of our history. What has also marked our human capability to build knowledge has been our ability to build, deploy and use tools and technology to augment our capability to learn. From the […]

Proving Provenance with Blockchain

Provenance (from the French provenir, “to come from”), is the chronology of the ownership, custody and/or location of an (historical) object.  Provenance could be described as an immutable audit trail of ownership & location as it changes over time. Whilst the concept of provenance is well understood, it’s often hard to achieve in practice. In […]

Blockchain, where’s my stuff?

Even though a physical supply chain may be integrated, the supporting information systems are often fragmented.  Members of the supply chain – ranging from the source of raw materials to the consumer – keep their own records of asset information, which drives up costs (through duplication & inefficiencies) increases complexity and causes regulatory challenges. Figure 1 – Simplified Supply […]